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Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
From: The Silver Spring in the Land of Mary.

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Ok, my turn for advice.

I bought one of them massaging shower heads, but I have to get the old one off first.

The house is 14 years old, bought in 1990. I go to loosen the shower head, and no dice. I look at the threads and it looks like they put glue or sealant when they were screwing in the head. Maybe they did that to spite anyone for daring to get a new shower head? I dunno.

Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you finally loosen it?

Should I get Liquid Wrench?
WD-40?
Run the shower red hot for 20 mins to see if the pips will expand and maybe loosen itself from the sealant?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.




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Since: 18.3.02
From: Sussex, WI

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.94

First question, what "color" does this glue look to be?

If it's white, it's probably just thread tape. Heating it up should help, but you still might need to use a wrench to get the head off. Wrap the exposed chrome in a small washcloth first to prevent the wrench from scratching or damaging it.

If it's red or blue, then some numbwit probably used Loc-Tite to put the shower head on. Blue should loosen with heat, the red might require a blow torch.

There's a few sites out there that offer info on loosening Loc-Tite.

If it's none of the above, then I don't know. I hope some this might help.






Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
It's white/off-white stuff, so I'm dealing with tape.

And yeah, I do need a wrench. I was holding the exposed pipe with my left hand and had the wrench with my right (The pipe is just a little loose, I didn't want to rip apart the drywall trying to unscrew it) and I just about wore myself out until I noticed the, now what I know as, tape in the threads.

Thanks for the advice, I'll have to give it a go after the game. (Go Panthers!)





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Cerebus
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Since: 17.11.02

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Ugh, I just fixed a plumbing problem I had here at the house this weekend.

I got sick of going and renting a snake to unclog the drain pipe out in the front so I dug the fucker up and replaced it with pvc. There were huge fucking roots that had grown through the pipe at was broken through in about ten different spots.

I had 3 different estimates for the job at aroung $1500 -to- $2000 for the work, but I did it in 2 days and only spent $300 on supplies.

The cool thing about it is that 2 neighbors need the same thing done at thier house and I said I could do it for $1000 and they said yes.

I'm happy... but REALLY tired.



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Zeruel
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Since: 2.1.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
Yeah, it was just some tape junk in there. I ran the shower with the heat all the way up for like 10 mins, and shut the water off, grabbed my wrench, and it slid off with ease.

Thanks for the help, cranlsn!

(The irony of it all is that now I HAVE to add tape to the threads to prevent leakage. I have some teflon pipe tape that I wrapped around the threads.)




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